Mixed reaction to proposed MACRA rule

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Industry reaction to the proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was mixed. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled the rule Wednesday and during a conference call with reporters emphasized its desire to work in partnership with physicians to craft a flexible payment model that promotes quality care without placing undue burdens on practices. American Medical Association President Steven J. Stack, M.D., applauded the "significant improvements" in the rule, particularly its reconfiguration of the Meaningful Use Program. But Tom Nickels, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association warned that the narrow range of programs in the Advanced Alternative Payment Models track could have "a chilling effect on providers' ability to experiment with new patient-centered, value-driven payment models." Read the full article at FiercePracticeManagement